I made several attempts at changing some minor features, and still got the same message. I looked on the Internet for other people's experiences with this issue. Based on this advice, I tried the following things:
reloading the page,
restarting the browser,
using different browser on both a mac and a pc,
deleting the update file within my wp-content directory,
re-installing the wordpress,
changing back to the old theme,
discussing the problem with Host Gator
and a couple of other things that did not work. 24 hours had passed........
I then deactivated all of my plug ins (and I have a considerable number of them), and then reactivated 3-4 at a time. After each reactivation, I made a small tweak on the theme to see if it would accept it - like the background color (the 2010 theme has wide, unused borders). So, I did this reiteration about 10 times before I got to the problem, the Shared Items Post plug in. Not a very important plug in, so I will keep it deactivated.
So, here's to not seeing this frustration message again:
Are You Sure You Want to Do This - Please Try Again !!!!!
So, what does this have to do with Internet Marketing? Well, certain themes and layouts are much more amenable to optimizing advertisement layout. So that is my goal. We can talk about that later, I wanted to get this off my chest!